****Two Reverend Fathers Wounded
****Total Compliance in Nnewi, Awka, Abia as Imo defies sit-at-home
Reports said there were total compliance to the IPOB sit-at-home order in Abia, Nnewi, Awka, among other locations in the South East in honour and remembrance of those killed between 1967-1970 Nigeria civil war.
While reports indicated that some complied to the order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as mark of respect for their deceased ones within the period, others complied out of fear of molestation.
In Nnewi, Anambra State Thursday, it turned bloody as two Reverend Fathers who were attending 5.45 am morning mass were allegedly attacked and wounded at different locations by pro-Biafra groups who stormed the industrial community to ensure total compliance to the sit-at-home order.
Sources said one of the two Reverends was going to St Jude Catholic Church located inside Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) Nnewi while the other victim was going to Assumption Parish, Cathedral, Ukwana.
The two clergymen, sources said had their vehicles vandalized.
The rampaging pro-Biafra groups also attacked a Toyota saloon vehicle marked CL 163 BEN, at Nnewi Rounabout. They smashed the windshield and rear screens of the vehicle and the occupants were said to be seriously wounded with their travelling bags abandoned inside the red car.
At NITEL Junction, a patrol van said to belonged to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives marked AWK 750 BF was grounded and the occupants attacked which unconfirmed report claimed that four occupants of the vehicle were wounded. Two riffles were alleged to have been snatched from the NDLEA officials.
Also, some market women were equally attacked in the early hours by the agitators who allegedly came in to ensure compliance. Their money and other valuables were said to have been stolen from them
The perpetrators were said to have escaped from the scenes before the arrival of combined team of the police, civil defence, DSS and army who were seen patrolling the town.
Apart from the early hours attacks, there was total compliance to the stay at home order as all markets, banks, schools and every office in Nnewi remained closed.
As at the time of filing this report, two of the NDLEA attacked in the morning were said to have died in the hospital causing panic in the town
All efforts to get the official position on the matter by our correspondent did not yield any result as the PPRO Anambra State Police Command could not be reached.
However, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has disassociated itself and members from the alleged clash between the operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) and some youths in Nnewi.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB alleged that agents of the Federal Government who are not happy with the success of its Sit-at-home wants to use the Nnewi incident to take shine out of the successful exercise.
“It is unfortunate that disorganized, confused and battered Nigerian government can still be peddling false accusation against a peaceful movement like IPOB.
“It is crystal clear to the general public that since the inception of IPOB, we do not carry machetes, AK47 rifle or any weapon.
“We wonder why Nigeria Government and her security agencies would come up with such allegation linking IPOB with such rubbish incident, instead of accepting that they failed to deceive Biafrans not to obey the sit at home directive.
“National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), clashed with some Nnewi youth and drug dealers in Nnewi yesterday not IPOB, because we do not indulge on such evil acts.
“NDELA, security agencies and Nigeria Government involving IPOB in this recent attack against innocent citizens in Nnewi is not acceptable and must get to the roots of it.
“Our people in Nnewi complied with the directive given by IPOB for Biafrans to honour our fallen heroes and heroines that died during the genocidal war against the people of Biafra between 1966 and 1970, therefore, IPOB cannot force anybody to sit at home.
“IPOB will remain peaceful no matter the level of killing, massacre against our members.We are urging Biafrans to stay calm and hope for Biafra freedom”, he concluded